Reuse plastic bags for smooth sewing. bulky or loose-weave fabrics, faux fur, or Velcro) doesn't glide smoothly over the machine plate or gets stuck in the machine foot as I'm sewing, I use a plastic grocery or other store bag to help.
Turn the legs of your old jeans into fabric baskets. This tutorial gives measurements for making 3 different sizes of baskets. This is quite clever. They would look quite nice on a dresser for loose stuff.